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Matt Barber: Christians Love All The Gays — Who Are All Going To Hell

by David Badash on June 18, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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Matt Barber is a member of the well-funded, politically powerful anti-gay lobby and one of the radical religious right’s most-out-spoken professional anti-LGBT activists. Like many, they cloak their personal hatred of gay people and homosexuality in a coat of faux religion and faux public policy “expertise,” when in reality they are often struggling with personal demons and see gay people as public — and personal — enemy number one.

Barber’s bio at the uber-conservative Town Hall reads:

Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He is Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action and serves as Associate Dean and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Liberty University School of law. In addition to his law degree, Matt holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University.

On Friday, Barber wrote a horrifically condescending opinion piece, “An open letter to homosexuals,” in which he tells gay people they are going to hell, their “lifestyle” is causing them an emotional and spiritual death — not to mention an early physical death — calls gay pride “sin pride,” calls homosexuality an “abomination,” and operates as if all gay people are drug addicts, alcoholics, and sex-fiends.

But aside from making ugly and false assumptions about gay people, Barber crosses many other lines.

I write this to my fellow travelers in life – average, ordinary people, male and female, young and old – who happen to call themselves “gay.” I write this out of obedience to God.

Matt, no one cares. Keep your God to yourself. I guarantee you, your God does not think what you are doing is right — or righteous — and there will be a price to pay, if not in this life, surely, after it.

My intentions are pure and my motives upright.

Really, Matt? You’re assuming that whomever reads this letter doesn’t know the real you, the one who makes his living attacking gay people.

In April, Barber advocated violence by people of faith against “the secularist left” whom he called “bullies,” saying they need to be punched in the face.

What is that, Matt? Religious liberty? Matt Barber’s special brand of “tolerance”?

Let’s stop for a moment and look at the image, right, to remember that no one escapes Barber’s special brand of attacks on anyone who is an “other,” including the President.

In March, Barber Barber falsely claimed there is “no evidence” of anti-gay violence but the “specter” of violence against gay people has forced churches into the closet. A lie, and the FBI has mountains of data stating otherwise.

And GLAAD notes that Barber:

Has said that gay male relationships constitute “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’

Routinely uses words like “purveyors of evil” or  satanic (1:19 in video clip) to refer to his political opponents

Said Ellen DeGeneres “guides her many adoring housewife fans into rebellion against God’s divine and explicit natural order

Says gays make up violence “as a Trojan Horse to force, to compel nations and individuals and groups and churches that embrace traditional values, relative to sexual behavior, to push them into the closet and say ‘no, no, you have to adopt a full affirmation of these perversions.’”

Says gay rights presents a “clear and present danger” and “internationally the greatest threat

Really, Matt, you can’t say all those things then turn around and claim, “My intentions are pure and my motives upright.” You just cannot, and no one in America with a dash of common sense or human decency would say you can.

In his offensive and condescending — not to mention, untruthful — “open letter to homosexuals,” Barber writes:

What I write may offend you. It may even infuriate you. But I hope it makes you think. Know this: Your friends have lied to you. Christians do not hate you. We love you intensely. We love you because of who you are, not because of what you do or because of who you think you are.

Still, to love someone and to lie to them is to hate them – especially when that lie inevitably leads to a tragic and hopeless end.

If you have a loved one, blindfolded and running full speed toward cliff’s edge, do you not yell, stop! Would you not run after them, even tackling them if need be to prevent them from plummeting to certain death? What would we think of the person who said: “Keep running; all is well.”

All is not well, and you know it. On this path, “it” decidedly does not “get better.” It only gets worse. You will fall and you will die – perhaps not physical death, straight away – but certainly, an emotional and spiritual death. Homosexual activists, “progressives,” Hollywood, the media, academia and popular culture are telling you to keep running.

I’m yelling, stop!

Your lifestyle – homosexuality – is always and forever, objectively and demonstrably wrong. It is never good, natural, right or praiseworthy. If you have “gay pride,” you have “sin pride.” Although homosexuality is not the only sexual sin, it is, indeed, sin. Scripture is unequivocal on this fact throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

No, Matt, you stop. No one cares what you think. You cannot save gay people because there’s nothing to save us from — except the likes of you and your fellow anti-gay religious right prosthelytizing haters.

And then there’s Barber’s attack on people with HIV/AIDS. Barber falsely claims:

Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences. So-called “homophobia” is not responsible for the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-in-five “gay” men and adolescents in major cities across America have been infected – through bad behavior – with HIV/AIDS.

But what the CDC actually said is that “Overall, one in five MSM [men who have sex with men] participating in the study was infected (19 percent.)

Big difference, and while the prevalence of HIV should not be underestimated or minimized, it’s important to actually deliver facts, not fear and lies, Matt.

Barber then claims that “Sin is responsible” for HIV/AIDS rates of infection, ignoring what the CDC says on the next page:

Social discrimination and cultural issues: For some MSM, social and economic factors, including homophobia, stigma, and lack of access to health care may increase risk behaviors or be a barrier to receiving HIV prevention services.

I’ll take facts over your religious opinion any day of the week, Matt.

Barber continues:

Scripture admonishes: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This does not simply mean physical death, but something far worse: spiritual death.

Yes, hell.

Barber would do well to walk through his Bible a little more introspectively.

Image of Matt Barber via Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, a certified anti-gay hate group, of which Barber is a board member.

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{ 4 comments }

lazerhaze June 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

Religious belief is a mental illness, It is literally mental delusion. Except this delusion is communicable. It spreads via threatening children and adults with damnation and torture by a monster forever if they don't accept this delusion as fact. Religious indoctrination is a crime against humanity and indoctrination of children is clearly mental and emotional abuse of a child. It is mental slavery. Humanity will never be truly free until we destroy the foundations of religion and religious power through compassion and pity for the mentally delusional, love and support for them so that they may be able to find the courage and will to release their delusion and education in the virtues of logic, reason and rationality.

The violent death cults of the Abrahamic religions are significantly the most immoral, insidious and deadly of these delusional belief systems. Humanity must be educated to destroy these institutions of delusion. We must insist in an egalitarian, secular and democratic society that teaches it's children the values of critical thinking skills, logic and rationality. We need to teach the values of peace and the importance of equality and loving compassion for all people and for the world itself and it's inhabitants. We need to discourage the tremendous amounts of violence and hate children and others are exposed to and replace it with images of equality, peace, love, hard work, dedication, honesty and compassion for others.

There is no reason to be respectful to the institutions of religious delusion and the immeasurable power they wield. They have too much power and we must insist that we are free from being forced in any way of accepting, condoning or endowing respect to these deadly delusional belief systems and their dangerously powerful institutions. We must show pity and compassion to the indoctrinated and deluded masses. However, We must insist that they have no right to the further corruption and indoctrination of children and others vulnerable minds. We also must DEMAND to be FREE of legislation and policy that is rooted in religion or religious beliefs. Religious people in power have shown themselves to be untrustworthy, immoral, racist, misogynist and homophobic. They feel justified in their righteous indignation to oppress, discriminate against and even inflict violence and death on anyone who defies them. We must not relent in our right to FREEDOM and NEVER RELENT in the battle against the mental delusion of religious thought and belief.

Scott_Rose June 19, 2012 at 1:28 am

Are you talking about Scalia?

eagander June 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Matt, you must be one seriously self-hating closeted gay boy! You look gay (yes, some gay men *look* gay) and my gaydar goes sky high looking at your pic! Bet your boyfriend hates being so buried in your closet.

joannmp June 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

I found Matt Barber’s "An Open Letter to Homosexuals" WND commentary column to be an interesting peek into the misconceptions of the writer as to both Christianity and homosexuality. The Bible has been consistently misinterpreted for centuries by so-called “Christians” with an anti-gay bias.

As just one example, take the discussion of the right to marry, in a Christian context. The fact that in a marriage between opposite-sex spouses, “the two become one flesh” does not take one bit away from the fact that in a marriage between same-sex spouses, “the two become one soul,” as described in 1 Samuel 18, where David and King Saul’s son Jonathan get married (and later, David also marries Saul’s daughter Michal, becoming Saul’s son in law a second time). The relationship is woven into the passages from 1 Sam. 18 through 2 Sam. 1.

Every single biblical passage that Mr. Barber might claim as showing homosexuality to be sinful can be interpreted differently – there is no incompatibility between homosexuality and Christianity, and homosexuality does not have to be interpreted as being sinful, or disordered.

I think that ceding the "religious" "moral" ground to opponents of LGBT rights is a terrible mistake.

I grant that many LGBT people have suffered at the hands of these Christianist monsters who treat us as sinful pariahs because of their misinterpretation of their sacred scriptures – but they should not be allowed to have control over those scriptures or the societal mythos that derives from it.

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